Critic Consensus: Cargo takes a refreshingly character-driven approach to the zombie genre that's further distinguished by its Australian setting and Martin Freeman's terrific lead performance.
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Critic Reviews for Cargo
Cargo's big drawcard is its sheer humanity. There's a lot of tragedy on show here, and you'll have to be made of stern stuff indeed to make it through this outback odyssey without a few tears.
Cargo doesn't often satisfy on the genre's more sensational vectors. There are no hordes, few gouts of creative gore and a limited sense of danger.
Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay it is that I think George A. Romero himself would have liked it.
Co-directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke (the latter of whom wrote the screenplay) sacrifice some tension with their more character-based approach, but the cumulative effect is emotionally powerful.
Audience Reviews for Cargo
Better late than never to deliver this review of an Australian sleeper hit, despite what viewers might expect from 'Zombie' films these days, it only takes a particular film to really push the genre's innovation and boundaries to be really unique. I can gladly say without a doubt 'Cargo' fits that mold, fully immersed in it's Australian outback setting and the unsophisticated nature of the plot surrounding that of Martin Freeman's terrific lead performance. If I lost my chance seeing some films released on the big screen internationally than I persuade viewers here in Australia to not miss their chance of seeing this film on the big screen since it's streaming on Netflix internationally. Nonetheless, it's the unique premise and compelling nature of the characters and setting that really make this film stand out as it does, actually bringing something new to an otherwise crowded and overused genre.
Decent zombie thriller that doesn't add much to the genre but the fascinating setting of the australian outback. The plot has pretty unsettling and uncomfortable parts, but only little gore or action. Instead, an infected father's search for a safe harbor for his infant is character driven and relies on the atmosphere and the setting. That works and is entertaining enough, but considering the protagonists fate is sealed from early on it's not exactly a nail biter.
In a country overrun with zombies, Martin Freeman must find safe haven for his family. Only there's one catch: he himself has been bitten, and so time is running out. It's a nice walkabout the Aussie Outback as we see him struggle against the odds, and against himself. Not bad.
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